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Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council

The rare and refreshing intervention came from 14-year-old activist Junior, who spoke out against alleged industrial pollution, including from the cocoa production sector, in his home town of San-Pédro, in the West African State. Bachelet warning At the child rights debate, Member States also heard from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, who warned…

First Person: looking to the skies to understand the climate crisis

Professor John Tonry leads the NASA-funded ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) project which bills itself as “Earth’s Last Defence.” He works alongside postdoctoral researcher Ari Heinz. Their work could play an important role in the global debate about climate change and, as a result, contribute to realizing some of the 17 goals Sustainable Development…

Negative impacts of electric car battery production must be urgently addressed:...

Electric cars are rapidly becoming more popular amongst consumers, and UNCTAD predicts that some 23 million will be sold over the coming decade: the market for rechargeable car batteries, currently estimated at $7 billion, is forecast to rise to $58 billion by 2024 . The shift to electric mobility is in line with ongoing efforts…

What will power the post-pandemic global economic recovery?

Islands at the forefront Some of the countries and regions at the forefront of this wholescale shift to renewables are islands, where the need to avoid the significant cost of importing fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, provides added motivation.  Mauritius, for example, is planning to generate over a third of its electricity from…

Extraordinary ‘megaflash’ lightening strikes cover several hundred kilometres, smashing records

Closing the windows and covering your pet’s ears, during the ensuing thunder, probably wouldn’t have made much difference to anyone stuck in the middle of the flash that developed continuously over northern Argentina on 4 March 2019, lasting a whopping 16.73 seconds. And the flash that stretched more than 700 kilometres (400 miles) across southern…

First Person: Innovation brewing at Hawaii coffee farm

Fred Cowell is the General Manager of Kauai Coffee Company on the island of Kauai in the Pacific Ocean Hawaiian archipelago, which has the largest coffee farm in the United States accounting for 25 to 30 per cent of US production in any given year. He spoke to UN News about sustainability and innovation as…

FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to Lesotho’s changing climate

Farmers in Lesotho have to cope with droughts, rising temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events. And, as the changing climate forces more people to migrate, new conflicts are being triggered. Ecosystems have been pushed to their limits by over-cultivation, overgrazing, and over-harvesting, as communities are forced to adopt measures that push the land beyond…

‘New contract’ needed with nature to keep drought and deserts at...

António Guterres made the appeal on Wednesday in a message to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. “Through international action and solidarity, we can scale up land restoration and nature-based solutions for climate action and the benefit of future generations. By doing so, we can deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and…

Throughout COVID-19 recovery, ‘plummeting’ clean energy costs can help climate action

The new report, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2020, is a collaboration between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and energy financing company, BloombergNEF. Against the backdrop of governments injecting huge amounts of money into their economies to offset the impact of coronavirus lockdowns, UNEP chief Inger Andersen; Nils Stieglitz, President of…

FROM THE FIELD: Pacific islanders confront twin threats of climate change...

Protecting marine areas from over-exploitation and providing the people who have traditionally lived off the sea with a sustainable alternative livelihood does not come cheap, but in the Seychelles, a focus on financial instruments is making that task easier. 

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